It’s always the unassuming ones you should keep an eye out for – they’ll blow your mind and break your heart in an instant.
Such is the case with Camera Obscura, a group you’d expect to find in the library rather than defining your record collection or, for that matter, your summer. After wowing Australian audiences in 2006 as part of the Laneway Festival Camera Obscura pack their bags (vintage suitcases, natch) and head over to Australia for the second time on the back of their critically lauded fourth record, My Maudlin Career.
Hailing from Glasgow, Camera Obscura follow a rich pop tradition embedded within Scotland’s musical heritage. Like Belle and Sebastian and many others before them, Camera Obscura have a grasp on shattered hearts, literary lyricism and perfect embellishment that comes out as a lustrous display of indie pop’s finest.
Centred around the “Dusty meets Nancy” vocals of Traceyanne Campbell, Camera Obscura blend Motown, twee, maudlin sentimentality, orchestral indie and sixties girl group pop to build a sound that is wholly their own and an audience that is deservedly cult-like. Sonically lavish, on stage Camera Obscura present the most affecting pop performance you’ll find this side of the sixties and the most euphorically reflective pop you’ll find this January. Or maybe ever.
Popfrenzy Presents CAMERA OBSCURA AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Thursday January 21
SYDNEY - Beck’s Festival Bar, Sydney Festival with special guest Slow Club (UK) & Popfrenzy DJs
Tickets on sale now from Sydney Festival 1300 668 812, Ticketmaster 1300 723 038 & www.sydneyfestival.org.au/becks
Friday January 22
BRISBANE - The Zoo
Tickets on sale Monday November 16 from www.thezoo.com.au
Saturday January 23
MELBOURNE - Corner Hotel with special guest Slow Club (UK)
Tickets on sale Monday November 16 from http://www.cornerhotel.com
Monday January 25
PERTH – Amplifier with special guest Slow Club (UK)
Tickets on sale Monday November 16 from http://www.moshtix.com.au
CAMERA OBSCURA - A BAND BEGINNING WITH C (Part 1)
CAMERA OBSCURA - A BAND BEGINNING WITH C (Part 2)